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Address: Carl-Zeiss-Platz 12, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany
Phone Number: +49 3641 44 31 65
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If you are interested in the history of precision optics, visit this place!

I am an amateur astronomer by avocation, and optical engineer by vocation. For me, this was a highlight of my visit to Jena for a technical conference. The museum has a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 10, 2015
David H
Monrovia, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I am an amateur astronomer by avocation, and optical engineer by vocation. For me, this was a highlight of my visit to Jena for a technical conference. The museum has a wonderful collection of microscopes, telescopes, camera lens, specialty optics, binoculars, and ophthalmic equipment. It also covers the history of this center of German optical technology through the amazing collaboration... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

If you have a great interest in photograph, history, German contribution, pre and post war. This exhibition is for you, although it covers all of the work by the local Zeiss company that made Jena famous across all areas of optics. Audio guide is available from ticket office. Pay car parking is at Goethe shopping mall close buy.

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Keene, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

So glad we made this a stop on our visit. Lots of fun facts and hands-on exhibits. It was a treat! Learned alot and had fun doing it.

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Jena, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've been to this museum three times now and have been impressed every time. There is a wide variety of optical devices, from periscopes to microscopes to vision tools, and most of the exhibitions are set up so that you can actually try them yourself, so that you can better understand developments of these devices over time. There are also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Usefull to understand the success of the town of Jena, lots of instrumets show and the very best is the workshop of Carl Zeiss. where he constructed the first equippment

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

You will not find a better collection of optical aids, spectacles from the 15th century, microscopes, ophthalmic/medical instrumentation anywhere else- a truly rare collection. Well presented- alot to see!


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